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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Review: THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS


So. Where do I begin?

The film is about a man, Dr. Parnassus, who used to be a monk, but after making some deals with the devil, he is reduced to a street performer who rides around London in a weird cart, attempting to convert corrupted souls into righteous ones by using a mirror and a world of imagination.



Yeah. It's odd.

Then one day, Parnassus and the crew are crossing the river when they see a man hanging under the bridge. Thus we are introduced to Tony (Heath Ledger) who is a very mysterious character in his own. Tony is the main draw to the film, and Ledger's acting is excellent in every way. It's now common knowledge and a major selling point that Ledger died halfway through filming and with the help of Colin Farrell, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp, the role of Tony is completed in a way that works surprisingly well.

Out of the three fill-ins, the only one that does not act up to par is Jude Law. You can tell that he just came in and did it, with out putting as much heart or effort into the role as he usually does. The only other actor that is straight up bad is Verne Troyer (Austin Powers) who plays Parny's dwarf friend. Usually a really funny guy, Troyer does not deliver his lines with any emotional content or pizazz whatsoever, and half the time I could not tell if he was putting on an english accent or not.

Still the film is visually stunning and it more or less makes sense... at least until the end scene, which just straight up does not. It is a shame the movie had to end this way, but the way things become more and more tangled, it seems that there was no other way. People say that that is just how Terry Gilliam makes his movies, but please, if he could have made it all make sense and be just as intriguing, he probably would have.

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